Winter in the Park

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NOV. 19

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Winter Park Village are holding a fall-themed happy hour to fight hunger in the community from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, at Paseo at Winter Park Village, 940 W. Canton Ave. There will be live music from Emily Kopp, a photo booth, drinks and appetizers provided by Winter Park Village restaurants. All proceeds will benefit the Feed the Need campaign and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Tickets are $20 if registered at or $25 at the door.

NOV. 20

The city of Winter Park’s annual holiday ice skating rink, Winter in the Park, will open on Nov. 20 and continue through Jan. 10, 2016 with promotional giveaways on Nov. 21 and 22. Presented by the Community Redevelopment Agency, the rink is located at 150 N. New York Ave. on the corner of New York Avenue and Morse Boulevard. Skating hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3 to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for the day, including skate rental. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. The rink is also available for rental opportunities with a reservation. Holiday movies, music and games will be offered throughout the event’s run. For more information, call 407-599-3203 or visit

Live flute and harp music will be played at the Morse Museum from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. Come enjoy the music while viewing the artwork. For more information, visit or

The Orlando Garden Club will host speaker Eric Schmidt from Leu Gardens for its Nov. 20 meeting. Schmidt will speak on “Famous Horticultural Pioneers of Central Florida.” The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Garden House on Rollins Street in Loch Haven.

The Winter Park History Museum will hold its ninth annual Peacock Ball from 6 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets are $200 and tables of eight are available for $1,600. Funds raised will go to the Winter Park Historical Association. Call 407-647-2330 for more information, or visit

NOV. 21

DogFest Walk ‘N Roll will take place on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Lake Lily Park to benefit Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that offers trained assistance dogs for free, which help children, adults and veterans to live more independently. Food, vendors and games (for dogs and people) will be offered. You can learn about how assistance dogs are trained, put your dog through an agility course and listen to the stories of people whose lives have been changed by having an assistance dog at their side. DogFest Orlando is open to the public and all leashed, vaccinated dogs are welcome. For more information, contact Caryn Freas at 407-522-3300 or visit

The Longwood Art and Craft Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, at the intersection of State Road 434 and County Road 427. This year marks the 39th year of the festival, which will include crafts, food and exhibits. For more information, call 407-332-0225.

NOV. 26

Come out to a Thanksgiving Brunch at the Alfond Inn on Thursday, Nov. 26. Located in the Main Park Avenue Ballroom, the brunch will feature chef stations located in the Conservatory. There will be two seatings, the first from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $64 for adults and $24 for children ages 4 to 12. Private dining rooms are also available for $250 fee. Please call 407-645-6604 to reserve a private room. For more information and menu details, visit

NOV. 29

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present its annual Holiday Pops concert for free on Nov. 29. Starting at 4 p.m., the orchestra will perform holiday favorites on the Central Park Main Stage in Winter Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic, as well as nonperishable food items to donate, which will help restock the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Visit for more information.

DEC. 2

Casa Feliz will host its sixth annual holiday open house from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Guests will have the chance to have their photo taken with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, look at Christmas decorations and hear a quartet of Dickensian Carolers. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 per person or $5 per family is suggested. Professional photos with Santa will be offered for $5. Casa Feliz is located at 656 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park. The event is sponsored through a grant from Commerce National Bank and Trust in Winter Park. For additional information, contact Betsy Owens at 407-628-8196 or [email protected]

DEC. 3

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet on Dec. 3 for the Sounds of the Season musical program presented by Orange County public school students. The program will start at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church, located at 644 W. Princeton St. in Orlando. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join. Call 407-677-0446 for more information.

The city of Winter Park and the Morse Museum will present the 37th annual Christmas in the Park, which features the lighting of the century-old Tiffany windows in Central Park. The free event will run from 6:15 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 and will include an outdoor concert of holiday favorites by the Bach Festival Society Choir and Brass Ensemble. For more information call 407-645-5311 or visit

DEC. 4

Winter Park’s annual tree lighting ceremony, presented by Winter Park Towers and hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, in Central Park. The free event will be broadcast on WFTV channel 9 and will include performances by children’s choirs and activities for children. For more information call 407-644-8281.

Popcorn Flicks in the Park featuring “Home Alone” will be presented for free on Dec. 4 at Central Park’s Main Stage in Winter Park. The movie will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and free popcorn will be available for everyone. The event is presented by the Winter Park Community Redevelopment Agency and produced by Enzian Theater. For more information, call 407-629-0054 or visit

DEC. 5

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Winter Park Class 26 will present the 17th annual Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 5. Attendees can enjoy hot pancakes, sausage and beverages on Central Park’s Main Stage in Winter Park from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $6 and proceeds will benefit local elementary schools. At 9 a.m., the chamber will host the 63rd annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas parade down Park Avenue. More than 100 bands, dance troupes, floats, local dignitaries and Santa will participate in Central Florida’s longest-running Christmas parade. For more information call 407-644-8281 or visit

The city of Maitland Leisure Services will present Season of Light at 5 p.m., with a fireworks finale scheduled at 7 p.m., on Dec. 5. A holiday tradition for the city, the event will take place at Lake Lily Park, located at 701 Lake Lily Drive.

DEC. 10

Fire Chief Jim White will speak as part of the free CoffeeTalk series, which gives the community the chance to interact with local leaders over a cup of coffee provided by Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen. The event will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. on Dec. 10 at the Winter Park Welcome Center, located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-644-8281 for more information or visit

DEC. 11

Learn how to create holiday wreaths that can be hung on a door or wall or used as a table centerpiece from Cathey Bowers of the Winter Park Garden Club at 10 a.m. on Dec. 11. The demonstration will take place at the Winter Park Garden Club, located at 1300 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. Greens will be provided. Admission is $25 and should be paid by Dec. 4. Call 407-644-5770 for more information.

DEC. 12

The Orlando/Winter Park branch of the American Association of University Women will meet on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., followed by a seasonal choral presentation by the Winter Park High School Women’s Choir, under the direction of Joseph Kemper. Admission is $15. The church is located at 225 S. Interlachen Ave. in Winter Park. For more information call 407-488-4163.

The Maitland Public Library will hold its annual outdoor holiday party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 12. The event will have music, traditional Jewish food, entertainment and a special guest from the North Pole who will give gifts to every child.